Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.

Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.
The return of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica was watched by 4.7 million viewers, and brought MTV more viewers ages 12 to 34 than any other network, broadcast or cable. Although ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, which followed Nick and Jessica, “dropped roughly one-quarter of Newlyweds’ total audience,” it was still “MTV’s highest-rated series premiere among viewers 12-34″ with 3.3 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As a result of MTV’s draw, along with the return of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show and USA Network’s Monk, FX’s Todd TV debuted with under a million viewers. That was less than half of the viewers who tuned in before it to watch a rerun of the Ashton Kutcher vehicle “Dude, Where’s My Car.” Apparently, people would rather watch a certain pop star act stupid than vote to make a 30-something waiter look stupid.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.